St. Patrick’s Day is observed each year on March 17 and invokes the spirit of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
It is believed that Patrick was born in Scotland and in his early teens, was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave. Patrick escaped, went back to Britain, entered the priesthood, was ordained as a bishop, returned to the Emerald Isle and traveled across the country.
Legend has it that Patrick stood on a hill overlooking the sea, staff in hand and banished all snakes from the Isle forever. Saint Patrick died on March 17, 461 at Sale, where he built the first of many churches.
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Valentine’s Day (named after an early Christian martyr) is observed every February 14. A tradition dating back to the third century, the holiday is now celebrated by showing love, affection and appreciation for others with gifts (usually candy or flowers) or cards. According to Roman legend, during the third century a Christian man known as Valentinus was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs and sentenced to death. While jailed, it is said that Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer’s blind daughter. The night before he died, Valentinus wrote a farewell note to the girl, which he signed, “From Your Valentine.” His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 269 A.D. Around 498 A.D., Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day to honor the martyr Valentinus.
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People have been sending Christmas cards since 1843 when John Callcott Horsley illustrated the first collection. Two batches totaling 2,050 cards were printed in London and sold that year for a shilling a piece. In 1875 Louis Prang became the first printer to offer cards in America.
Early English cards rarely showed winter or religious themes, instead favoring flowers, fairies and other fanciful designs to remind you of spring. The designs continually evolved with changing tastes. The World Wars brought cards with patriotic themes. Quirky illustrated studio cards with sometimes risque humor caught on in the 1950s. Currently there are a wide range of preferences. Nostalgic, sentimental, and religious images continue in popularity, and reproductions of Victorian and Edwardian cards are easy to obtain if you’re feeling a bit historic.